It’s an achievement in itself to get to the final of the Parklands Men’s Club Championship; two 18 hole qualifying rounds of strokeplay competition on successive Sundays followed by quarter and semi-finals played on the same day of 18 hole matchplay competition … and you are in the final.
Today’s final brought two team players together in a 36 hole matchplay challenge, Lee Thompson and David Gibson. Although the course is very dry and the weather is even drier, the greens are in superb condition and we witnessed a thriller. In the morning session, Lee pulled ahead and as they stopped for an early lunch, Lee had opened up a lead of 3 holes. The afternoon session saw Lee go 5 up after 2 holes and then we witnessed a strong fightback from David. David pulled it back to 3 down and was looking strong, but both players birdied the par5’s and parred the 4’s with puts just not dropping decisively for either player. The match ended on the 16th (34th hole) with a 3/2 win for Lee Thompson our new Men’s Club Champion. Both players played under par for the course for both rounds and acquitted themselves superbly. Well done to you both, with a match played in the best of good sportsmanship. You should both be very proud of your achievement.
In the morning Senior’s Handicap Trophy Final played between Les English and Eamon Farrar, the match was even tighter with the game to-ing and fro-ing until the 18th green when Les finally clinched the trophy. Well done guys.
Thanks to the referees and all the members of the Club who turned out to support our Championship day.
This coming Sunday sees the finals of the Men’s Club Championship and the Seniors Handicap Trophy.
There will not be a Men’s competition on that Sunday.
If you wish to play on Sunday, please arrange your own playing companions and book tees through the shop.
Our Junior team had another great win at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club in the Northumbria Junior Golf League today winning 10 / 2.
There were wins for Ben Jones and Finn Bell winning 7 /6; for Tom Middleton 3 / 1; Harrison Sewell 1 up and Kane Mason 2 up. Well done again lads.
Today saw the Club Quarters and Semis Finals for the Men and the Semis and Finals for the Ladies at Parklands.
It was already warm at 07.00am as the players started to assemble on the tee, ready for the first match scheduled for 07.20am. You can plan for most events, but unfortunately, most of the players did not have their clubs as they were securely locked away in the Clubhouse, which itself was securely locked, as we waited for someone with a key to arrive. A very obliging and enterprising staff member managed to find a way in, but not before the alarms were set off resulting in a visit from the local constabulary. Still, we started only 5 minutes late and the matches were underway. In the morning session of the Men’s Club Championship, there were wins for Lee Thompson, Craig Wilson, Warren Young and Dave Gibson. The Seniors Handicap brought wins for Tommy Mitchell, Eamon Farrar, Bill Sidney and Les English. The Ladies Championship Semis had wins for Candy Brown and Angela Rumney and Pat Bainbridge and Anne Heatley in the Bronze event.
The afternoon session was equally warm with lots of sunshine on our parched fairways and there were a few tired bodies on the course. The Men’s Semis were won by Lee Thompson and David Gibson thus setting up an intriguing contest for next week’s final.
The Bronze Championship was won by Pat Bainbridge beating Anne Heatley.
Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to all the runners-up. Thanks to Brian King for organising the day and to all the caddies and supporters who assisted and followed the players on the course …. And most of the matches were over to enable us all to watch England’s impressive victory.
The Parklands Junior team have continued their excellent run of form and performances in the Junior League. On Sunday 10th June they had another good result away to Morpeth getting a well deserved 6 – 6 draw. There were good wins for Ben Jones 7/6; Harrison Sewell 7/6 and Maz Shanshol 2 up. Two other team members only lost on the 18th. Great effort lads.
The Juniors played the City of Newcastle Sunday 24th June and had another great result winning 12- 0. We were given 4 points to start with as Newcastle only had 4 players, but the lads who did play did a great job. Kane Mason won 8/6; Harrison Sewell 7/6; Finn Bell 5/4 and Maz Shanshol 9/8. Well done lads.
Many thanks to all the members who played in my President’s Day today and congratulations to all the prizewinners large and small; there were over 30 members who had a win of some sort. The weather was extremely kind with lots fo sunshine and not a single drop of rain. Jon and his staff had double cut and rolled the greens this morning resulting in super fast surfaces. The results will appear shortly along with prize winners lists for the Men and the Ladies. All prizes can be collected from Brian King throughout the week. Thanks for being there and making it a great day for me.
Candy’s 4 ball vouchers donated to support the Ladies County team (along with other prizes kindly donated by members) raised £164. Candy sends her thanks to all those who bought tickets.
Thursday 5th July, can be played at any time during the day and evening.
1 Book a tee with the shop
2 Enter name on the start sheet, put entry fee in envelope and post it through office door
3 Log in on computer before playing golf from white tees
4 Enter score on computer and post score card through office door
This is an opportunity for all those golfers unable to play in Sunday competitions.
It was another get together over lunch and coffee on Friday, 15th June, for some of the retired members of the Vets section. This occasion was supplemented with a slide show on the TV showing a collection of old photos of members past and present, taken over the last 30 years and more. Many thanks to Sharon Percy for arranging the event.